UPDATE: Turns out The Gazetteer was all over this already. …
I thought I’d said pretty much all I have to say about Ottawa’s covert closure of the Kitsilano coast guard base yesterday.
And then I read a story today on the Vancouver Courier’s website. And suddenly it seemed like it was worth taking one more kick at this cat.
The federal Tories have said for some time that they intended to close the base — Canada’s busiest coast guard rescue centre — because they could save a reputed $700,000 a year by running the rescue centre out of the hovercraft base in Richmond.
Despite a sustained public outcry, they insisted the base would close “this spring”.
Instead, yesterday, which was Feb 19th, the base gates were suddenly locked at 1 p.m. No warning to boaters, to maritime workers, not even to the police or fire departments who coordinate with the centre for incidents on and around the water. Just a clandestine move as the province’s entire media were poised for release of the provincial budget.
I thought that was cowardly. I thought it showed contempt for Canadians.
Apparently, I was all wrong.
The promise was a spring closure.
And — in the words of Vancouver South Tory MP Wai Young, who insists that anger over the base closure is just some messy political fuss – “February is spring in Vancouver”.
Maybe I was right the first time. Really, what else is there to say…